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3rd Head Gasket issue is now Cracked Heads! Need Heads!
Love the Ford truck, hate the friggin fact that they didn't design the 6.0L with enough head bolts!! I lent my truck to a 'friend' for a weekend and when he brought it back he said "man that truck hauls ***!". That's when a little voice in the back of my head said 'oh no', as the truck has all the Banks goodies on it and a six shooter, etc., and can easily exceed 30lbs of boost.
The next day I hooked it up to my stacker trailer and headed to the race track. I immediately noticed the tell tale symptons of a blown head gasket. (3rd time & I have ARP studs too!) Afer a few profanities, off the truck went to my local diesel shop.(again)
After teardown they discovered that the heads are cracked all the way through and are not repairable. Basically, they're boat anchors. Now I have to buy new heads. The local Ford Dealer is quoting $1350 Each, and we can't find a good set of used heads locally. That said, before I pull the trigger on $2800 worth of heads, I'd like to understand what my options are for either stock heads or better performing heads aftermarket. That said, my questions are:
1. Any recommendations as to where I can find a set of new or rebuilt heads for less than $1350 each?
2. If I do have to grab both ankles, then I'd like to know if there's a better flowing/performing head out there for close to the same amount ($$) as the Ford stock replacements? If so, then I may just upgrade to a better head.
3. Also, if I have a 'Sneaky Pipe' installed on the motor, do I have to have the EGR cooler? If it's not needed or there's a way to bypass it, I'd rather just toss it as it's also leaking. ($450 from the dealer)
Any help you guys can offer is much appreciated!